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Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard

This book came to my attention as one of my friends had read it an enjoyed previously so I thought I would give it a go. I wouldn’t say I’m going to collect this author now but the book was very enjoyable.

It certainly lived up to its psychological thriller status as it slowly built momentum, you could feel the main character Adam’s frustration over the circumstances in which his girlfriend goes missing. No one wants to believe that something bad has happened but in his heart he knows different and is determined to find out.

There are a few twists and turns along the way but by no means is there a huge plot twist at the end like I kept reading about. If your a lover of thrillers and crime you can probably work out what happend and who was involved fairly easily but it still makes for a great read, this would have been a great holiday book.


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Toys by James Patterson

This is the first Patterson book that I have read in a while. It was a fairly easy and pleasant read but it felt hard to get my teeth into. The story builds up and is a great dystopian thriller but none of the characters really get any meat on their bones, which makes it hard to get fully immersed.

I absolutely adored James Patterson and avidly collected and read his books, suddenly they didn’t hold as much appeal. He always wrote with another author, churning out what felt like hundreds of books a year, going for quantity over quality.

This is a great time killer and easy enough way to pass the time over Christmas when you get those lulls between activity. Worth a quick read if yr a Patterson fan.

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Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

This is the first Paula Hawkins book that I have read and I have to say, it was fairly enjoyable. It takes a while to weave the tale and all the twists and turns can be rather complicated but if you can remain focused and follow the story through all the turns it’s a good read.

Paula spends time on really getting to know most of her characters, or at least their main attributes as the story unfolds. Just when you think you might have the answer another plot twist will knock the story sideways and you will be rethinking everything that’s gone before it.

If you like a slow burner or a book that gets your brain working, this book is for you. It’s not scary but it will get under your skin.

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The Holy Vible by Eli’s James and John Robins

This book is a genuine laugh out loud book. From their fantastic pod cast, which developed from their Radio X Saturday show, comes the book that the Bible could have been.

Elis’ Welsh tones and light-hearted badinage, vibes perfectly with the slightly bipolar John. Between them their alphabet of all things John n Elis provide a hilariously funny insight into their lives, their friendship, their Radio show and their entirely made up words, games and radio friendly swears (see glossary of terms).

Once you have had your fill of these two by reading their book and listening to all of their pod casts, then by all means head out to taste their vibe and go to one of their live readings of the book!

I have just been to one of these and their banter is fantastic, they are such nice guys, staying around to sign everyone’s book including mine (humble brag fully intended)!!

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Blood Rites by David Stuart Davies

I was given this book at a festival as part of a blind date with a book, I love being given free stuff, who doesn’t? But when it’s books that’s even better right?

So anyway I begin reading this book with hope and trepidation, I am a massive reader of authors that I know and love, so I was unsure what to expect with a new author. Once I saw it didn’t have very good reviews I was even more worried!

The book isn’t a massively long read, and is in the crime thriller/crime noir genre. However it didn’t build suspense, I worked out the killer after the first murder, characters are not really built up on so I felt no real connection to anyone and the ending was poor, it was like he got fed up of writing the book.

The most shocking part was that it was so poorly written, there were mistakes and bad grammar throughout. On several occasions he changed a character’s name by mistake and then changed it back!! One of the reviews I read said this was her real name Vs her nickname but in a police enquiry and various other professional capacities it would have been mandatory to use her birth name. It’s a poor excuse if you ask me!

While a pleasant enough way to pass the time, I wouldn’t have bothered continuing if the book was any longer than it was and I certainly will not be reading any of his other works.

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The Triangle Trilogy by Scott Sigler

Infacted, Contagious and Pandemic, otherwise known as the Triangle Trilogy are a great sci-fi, end of the world thriller.

These books were a jewel of a find in a little charity shop near where I live. The covers intrigued me, so even though it’s not usually my genre of book I brought them anyway.

I was not disappointed, the first book had me gripped and I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen, it’s such a page turner. It has hero’s and villans, some of which you are never sure which side they play on! You will find yourself rooting for the good guys and characters you have come to know and love.

When an Alien cell system enters the Earth’s atmosphere it is here to do one thing, infect as many humans as possible to destroy the human race. Humans are smart and perhaps have figured this thing out and have the hope of beating it once and for all. The problem is the alien system is alive and evolving!

The information it learns from infecting the human race allow it to evolve and build better, more intelligent systems for infection. Can the people who thought they new how to stop it figure out how to beat the new strain before it’s too late?

Well you will just have to read and find out. I would not recommend reading out of order and I would also recommend having all three books before you start to read, they will have you hooked from the start. Well worth the read!

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The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern

Such a charming book, it was heart warming and uplifting and definitely brought meaning to the phrase “lost my marbles”.

How do you begin to know someone you thought you knew and who had hidden his true self for so long even he doesn’t know the real him.

For Sabrina this is exactly what happens, her father cannot remeber much of his life so when his belongings arrive at her house it reveals and father she never even knew!

How can Sabrina get to the truth when you cannot ask the only person who knew the truth as he now doesn’t know it either!

A fabulous reminder that not being ourselves hurts not only us but everyone we love and hold dear on our hearts.

This story is full of love, hope, understanding and most of all relearning who the real man is behind all the forgotten memories.

100% worth a read, as with all of Ahern’s books it holds hidden meaning and charm throughout.


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